OSI Group: A Global Company Built on a Handshake

Foundations are set one block at a time, OSI Food Solutions started as a small butcher shop in Chicago. Taking care of his customers was Otto Kolchowshys first and only guiding principle. A handshake between Otto’s sons and Ray Kroc of McDonalds in 1955 transformed both companies. That same foundational block is evident today in the way OSI handles its local and international business.

2016, OSI Food Solutions was given the Globe of Honour Award by the British Safety Council. The award is given to companies who demonstrate excellence in environmental management. OSI has shown to a panel of experts their commitment to environmental management from top to bottom. The company won the award in 2013 and 2015.

OSI remains committed to Chicago and the businesses it has served for decades. The company purchased a shuttered Tyson food plant in the Chicago area saving plenty of jobs. The purchase also improved the companies infrastructure and growth plans.

Sheldon Lavin CEO of the OSI Group has an eye on global growth. The acquisition of Flagship Europe is an example of OSIs foray into food products to expand its base. Purchases by OSI are mergers more than takeovers. Lavin believes in letting local companies run their business as they wish. Sheldon Lavin has no desire to disrupt the success of these companies. OSI Food Solutions taps into local resources and expanded markets these acquisitions provide.

OSI is a global food processing company doing business in 16 different countries. The company commits itself to excellence. OSI believes in teamwork and not shying away from challenges. Technology is a fundamental building block for OSI; the company revolutionized the fast food industry by pioneering flash freezing. Custom processing of vegetables, proteins, and fruits serve the unique interests of its customers around the world.

Customer wants and needs drive OSI Food Solutions. The recent purchase of Baho Food, a Dutch convenience foods manufacturer, gives the company broad synergies in the European market. Baho brings manufacturing facilities from Germany and the Netherlands, to complement OSI’s growing portfolio of companies. Current management of Baho will remain in place to develop the local market on a global scale.

A German immigrant started a butcher shop in Illinois over 100 years ago, and now OSI Food Solutions is one of America’s top companies. A handshake in 1955 sent the company on a dominating path.

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